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Cross-border Payments in Euro to Become Cheaper Across Whole EU, with Resulting Benefits bor Both Consumers and Businesses

20 April 2018

On 28 March 2018, the European Commission issued two proposals which should be beneficial for Hong Kong sellers across the EU that routinely make and receive cross-border payments. The aim of the prop...Read More


EU Plans Introduction of Surveillance Mechanism on Aluminium Imports, Paving Way for Possible Safeguard Investigation

20 April 2018

On 9 April 2018, it was reported that the European Commission will soon put into place a surveillance mechanism on imports of aluminium products, which could pave the way for a possible safeguard inve...Read More


Commission Takes Action Against EU Funds Being Routed Through Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions

20 April 2018

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission set out a range of countermeasures to back up its common list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. These countermeasures take the form of guidelines which wi...Read More


Guideline for Producers and Importers on Banned “PAHs” Found in Consumer Goods Including Clothing, Footwear and Toys

20 April 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a guideline in March 2018 which is intended to assist producers, importers and distributors. The guideline concerns the restriction of polycyclic aromati...Read More


Product Safety: Toys Are Among Other Consumer Goods Which Top the List of Dangerous Products Detected in the EU

20 April 2018

On 12 March 2018, the European Commission released its 2017 Report on the Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous products. RAPEX is a system whereby European countries are able to alert o...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

20 April 2018

Ceramic tableware and kitchenware, excluding ceramic knives, ceramic condiment or spice mills and their ceramic grinding parts, ceramic peelers, ceramic knife sharpeners and cordierite ceramic pizza-s...Read More


Official Journal Summary

20 April 2018

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/553 of 3 April 2018 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature....Read More


Safeguard Investigation Initiated into Steel Imports Entering EU Market

6 April 2018

On 26 March 2018, the EU unleashed its safeguard investigation into certain steel imports entering the EU market. By means of the notice of initiation, which was published in the EU’s Official Journal...Read More


New Rules Proposed on Digital Taxation

6 April 2018

On 21 March 2018, the European Commission proposed two Directives concerning the taxation of the digital economy. The proposals’ goals are to ensure fair corporate taxation, to foster a competitive ec...Read More


Opinion from Highest EU Court on Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners Could Have Ramifications for Other Appliances As Well

6 April 2018

An opinion delivered by an Advocate General of the EU’s Court of Justice contends that suppliers and dealers of vacuum cleaners may not use supplementary labels which reproduce or clarify the informat...Read More


Brexit: EU and UK Agree 21-month Transition Period in Conditional Agreement

6 April 2018

On 19 March 2018, the European Commission published a draft agreement on Brexit following three days of talks between the EU and UK negotiators. The agreement marks a significant step in the UK’s with...Read More


Triggering of EU Law Imminent to Further Restrict Allergy-causing Substance “MI” in Cosmetic Products

6 April 2018

As from 27 April 2018, only cosmetic products which comply with a particular Regulation dating from 2017 may be made available by sellers on the European Union market. The law concerned is Regulation ...Read More


Overview of EU Sanctions Against Russia, Taking into Account the Possibility of Making Investments There

6 April 2018

During the month of March 2018, the UK and several other EU Member States (in solidarity with the UK) have expelled Russian diplomats over the attack on a former spy, Sergei Skripal, on UK territory. ...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

6 April 2018

Peroxosulphates (persulphates), including potassium peroxymonosulphate sulphate, currently falling within CN codes 2833 40 00 and ex 2842 90 80 (TARIC 2842 90 80 20). This information is provided in A...Read More


Official Journal Summary

6 April 2018

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of the Council Directive 89/686/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to personal protective equipment....Read More


Public Consultation Launched into Possible Customs Law on Binding Valuation of Goods

23 March 2018

Hong Kong traders may like to be informed that on 1 March 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on whether to introduce a legal basis for decisions on Binding Valuation Informat...Read More


Commission Outlines Plan to Extend Trade Defence Instruments to Goods Brought to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

23 March 2018

On 6 March 2018, the European Commission published a proposal on Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs). This Working Paper from the Customs Expert Group recommended three key reforms....Read More


EU Works on Countermeasures Against US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium, Including Possibility of Safeguard Measures Affecting Imports from All Non-EU Countries

23 March 2018

On 8 March 2018, the US issued two Presidential Proclamations on adjusting imports of steel and aluminium into that country, announcing President Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent ad valorem tar...Read More


Effect of Brexit on Food Laws and How Hong Kong Traders of Foodstuffs May Be Affected

23 March 2018

The European Commission has published a notice titled “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Food Law”. It points out that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK establish...Read More


Parliamentarians Call for Broadening of Ecodesign Rules to Include “Obsolescence”

23 March 2018

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) representing the main European Parliament political groups have called for a review of EU rules on ecodesign. On 26 February 2018 the Committee on the Environ...Read More

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